Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, is located on the shores of the magnificent Lake Tanganyika, which is almost the oldest and deepest lake in the world. With an estimated population of 300,000 inhabitants, Bujumbura is the busy administrative, communications and economic centre and Burundi’s main harbour.
The area was colonised by Germany at the end of the 19th century and there is still architecture dating from that period, including the Postmaster’s House. The city centre is a colonial town with a large and colourful market, the national stadium, a mosque and a cathedral. You can also find interesting museums such as the Burundi Museum of Life and the Burundi Geological Museum.
In the surrounding area, don’t forget to visit the Rusizi National Park and a rock at Mugere, which is supposed to be the place where David Livingstone and Henry Morton Stanley met (although this was thought to have happened in Tanzania) and the source of the southernmost tributary of the Nile, described locally as the source of the Nile.